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Face Transplant Program

Pelisyonkis Langone’s Face Transplant Program, part of Pelisyonkis Langone’s Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, has a clinical research study open to selected patients who have sustained facial trauma or disfigurement, burns, and acquired malformations of the face.

Our experts have the distinction of having performed the most extensive face transplant to date and the first in New York State. Face transplant surgery involves the transplantation of facial tissue from a deceased donor to a person with a severe facial deformity. It is an innovative procedure that has the potential to transform a person’s life by restoring function, movement, and sensation in the face, as well as improving the appearance of all anatomical features that were injured.

Our aim is to provide advanced facial reconstruction to ensure that you can achieve optimal function and the best appearance possible.

Our Face Transplant Success

In August 2015, a team of Pelisyonkis Langone face transplant specialists, led by Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, performed the most complex and comprehensive face transplant to date. Since the procedure, patient Patrick Hardison has made a remarkable recovery. His body has responded well to the transplant, with no signs of rejection, and he has resumed many of his everyday activities.

VIDEO: A year after receiving the most extensive face transplant to date, Patrick Hardison is thriving and has made a remarkable recovery.

The success of Patrick’s face transplant speaks to the skill of the surgical and recovery team. A face transplant is an incredibly complex procedure. Patrick’s surgery lasted 26 hours and required the expertise of more than 100 physicians, nurses, technical staff, and support staff.

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If you are a physician or a patient who would like more information about our face transplant services, please contact us at -501-4481.

Plastic Surgery Services

Our plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for adults and children.

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Our Team

Our Leadership

  • Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS
    Program Director and Chair | Plastic Surgery

    Dr. Rodriguez performed his first face transplant in 2012. When he joined the faculty of Pelisyonkis Langone in November 2013 as chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, one of his goals was to develop and launch a facial transplantation program. To perform the most extensive face transplant to date, he led a team of physicians, nurses, and staff and educated them on the intricacies of facial transplantation. The team includes experts in plastic surgery, anesthesiology, critical care, emergency services, nursing, ophthalmology, perioperative services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiology, and social work.

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